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2023 Grenache Noir Rosé Wins Best Rosé

TEMECULA, Calif. – South Coast Winery, owned by Carter Hospitality, proudly announces the winery garnered a total of 12 medals at the 2024 The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition produced by the San Diego County Fair. The winery also won Best Rosé in the competition for its 2023 Grenache Noir Rosé, along with its three Double Gold medals for its 2023 Grenache Noir Rosé, 2023 Merlot Rosé and 2022 Gewurztraminer. In addition, South Coast won three Gold medals and six Silver medals in the competition.

The prestigious The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition celebrates the craftsmanship, tradition and innovation of wine producers throughout the world. Hundreds of global wine entries were judged by a board of highly respected industry professionals, including winemakers, sommeliers, wine journalists and wine business managers. The event took place from February 24 to 25 at the Del Mar Fairgrounds in Del Mar, Calif. On June 12, Double Gold and Gold award-winning wines may be purchased and will be served at the annual San Diego County Fair’s wine experience where over 1.6 million visitors attend every year.

“We thank the dedicated team of the San Diego County Fair wine competition and wine festival for their recognition and support of the wine industry year after year,” said Jeff Carter, president of Carter Hospitality, which owns and operates South Coast Winery. These Toast of the Coast accolades are testament to our masterful crew of winemakers – Jon McPherson, Javier Flores and their entire excellent team.”

The following are tasting notes from South Coast Winery’s 2024 The Toast of the Coast Wine Competition Double Gold Winners:

  • 2023 Grenache Noir Rosé from Temecula Valley is a beautiful rosy pink. It is dry with a light body and crisp acidity and has delicate notes of strawberry, raspberry and cotton candy with hints of tangerine and citrus zest.
  • 2022 Gewurztraminer from Temecula Valley is lightly sweet with bright acidity. It is known for its floral aromas of honeysuckle and roses with tropical notes of lychee on the palate.
  • 2023 Merlot Rosé from South Coast is blushing pink and exhibits bright red fruit aromas of strawberry and raspberry with notes of pomegranate on the palate. It delivers a light and delicate sweetness on the finish.

A list of all winners and additional information can be found at


About South Coast Winery Resort & Spa

The only state winery to claim the title of California Winery of the Year five times at the California State Fair Wine Competition, South Coast Winery sets the gold standard for excellence amongst California wineries, earning more than 3,000 awards since its inception in 2003. Situated on 63 lush acres, South Coast Winery Resort & Spa offers a breathtaking retreat for wine tours, romantic getaways and group events with 132 rooms and villas, a working winery and tasting room, gift shop, full-service spa and restaurant.

South Coast Winery is family-owned and offers a broad portfolio of 45 wine labels, the majority of which are available for sampling in its main tasting room – from robust reds such as Tempranillo, Cabernet Sauvignon, Grenache, Petit Syrah, Merlot and Pinot Noir to whites including Sauvignon Blanc, Viognier, Pinot Grigio, Chardonnay and Riesling. Also available are sparkling wines, dessert wines and other specialty offerings. The winery employs a staff of skilled winemakers, including master winemaker Jon McPherson and winemaker Javier Flores, both with decades of experience in the wine industry.

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About Carter Hospitality Group

Established in 2011, Carter Hospitality Group, LLC. is a family-owned hospitality company with four hotels and resorts as well as three wineries across the United States. Based in Orange County, California, the company manages and owns a portfolio of luxury properties including South Coast Winery Resort & Spa, Temecula, California; Carter Estate Winery and Resort, Temecula California; and Carter Creek Winery Resort & Spa, Texas Hill Country. Carter Hospitality Group additionally serves as the owner-franchisee for Red Lion Hotel Orlando Lake Buena Vista South, Orlando Florida. For more information, visit